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La pédagogie dans le boudoir. Heurs et malheurs de Félicité de Genlis

Abstract : A studious woman with encyclopaedic knowledge, a consummate harpist, a tireless educator, a prolific novelist, a popular poet, an exceptional memoirist, and an inexhaustible playwright, Stéphanie Félicité du Crest de Saint-Aubin, Countess of Genlis (1746-1830), seduced a very diverse audience at the turn of the 19th century, but she also generated countless enemies due to her political, religious, and intellectual ideas. Circumstances sometimes led her down contradictory paths; she was both the lover of the Duke of Orléans and a revolutionary sympathizer, a spy for Napoleon and a spokesperson of the establishment during the Bourbon Restoration (in which her pupil, Louis-Philippe, won the throne). The list of her writings is impressive and reflects the breadth of her interests and the extent of her literary, philosophical, and scientific knowledge. Madame de Genlis possessed immense fame and notoriety throughout 19th-century Europe, which was fascinated by the example of a woman from an impoverished provincial nobility who was able to advance through her own efforts amid the rigid social structure of the Ancien Régime. Her European readers sought in her works the new pedagogical thinking of Enlightenment France, free from all possible revolutionary accusation and enveloped in a thick coat of religion and morality. Genlis may have resembled a trinket or a perfume more so than profound principles, but she remained present and current in her own way, as she had always wanted.
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Juan Manuel Ibeas-Altamira. La pédagogie dans le boudoir. Heurs et malheurs de Félicité de Genlis. Littératures. Université de Lorraine, 2020. ⟨tel-03066064⟩



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